My partner and I stayed at this hotel between 20th and 27th August 2010. We, like many others, had read the reviews on here about the hotel before leaving, but decided to see for ourselves what it was like - what a good decision we made!
The hotel was lovely. A very small hotel, no more than around 100 rooms. The hotel was very clean. Our bed was made everyday by the maid (she even tidied up for us), clean towels were provided as was clean bedding (not enough pillows though, but we were given more on request). The room was small, but suitable for two adults and had everything needed, including balconies for every room.
The grounds of the hotel were gorgeous, with pretty, colorful flowers and olive trees located all around. The pool was always kept clean as were the areas to lounge and bar.
Being a VERY fussy eater, I managed to eat everyday, which my partner was amazed at. There wasn't a huge selection on offer but what was there was well cooked and tasted amazing! You have to remember you are traveling to Crete, so DO NOT expect to see a British menu - chips were not on the menu everyday - hoorah! There was a limited choice of alcohol, so if they don't provide what you want, buy some at the local shop and take some out with you each night - it is very cheap!
The staff can appear to be rude, but English is not their first language and for some not their second language either. If you make the effort with them, the ones who have good English will truly make the effort with you, as will the other staff with little English. The staff were always polite, even to the people who had nothing else to do but complain because the hotel wasn't up to THEIR standard! (I have to say at this point the most rudest, arrogant people there were some of the other British guests, who were vile to the staff and the rep, Jimmy - for shame on them!) The receptionist, Tula was great, very helpful and always willing to offer advice and information when ever she was asked. Harris, one of the receptionists seemed to be rude, but his English is very limited - we made it our task to make him smile which he did on many occasions with persuasion!
The hotel is situated about a 10 minute walk to the beach down a gradual slope. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes to walk back, so take or buy some water. The beach was a little disappointing because there was a strong current which meant the beach often had a red flag up.
The hotel runs a free bus to the local town Monday - Saturday twice daily. At Hersonissos you will find many shops, pubs and beach areas you can swim in. Many of the shops have areas sitting over the sea which was amazing! If you venture to Hersonsissos, BE AWARE of Aegean Blue agents who offer you a scratch card and you are then a lucky winner. They are a time share company and we were very gullible and initially fell for the con - but we wised up very quickly! Be warned!!!!
Would we recommend this hotel to others? Absolutely!!! We would definitely consider a return there in the future!
- Also Known As:
- Oceanis Hotel Hersonissos
- Hotel Oceanis Crete, Greece
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